Karachi—The Deputy Mayor of Karachi Arshad Vohra made a forceful plea Friday for funds to help KMC promote development work for the city and also meet its various requirements.
At a “meet the press” programme of the Karachi Press Club here, he complained that the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation was facing an acute shortage of funds and could not carry out its functions under the present circumstances. He added that for the last two months, KMC had been trying to provide relief to citizens but was finding itself helpless.
“It isn’t possible for local government bodies to operate in accordance with the mandate given to them by masses until they have been granted their powers and funds.” Vohra said instead of providing funds to local bodies, their bank accounts had been frozen leaving them paralysed.
“in such a situation, KMC is neither able to pay salaries and pensions, nor serve the public.”
The deputy mayor said Karachi provided the lion’s share of revenue to the country and quoted the example of the Sindh Board of Revenue which had first achieved the target of Rs36 billion, then Rs48 billion and Rs60 billion, and now was set to collect Rs70 billion this year.
“Karachi generates most of the country’s revenue. The city will benefit tremendously if even a fraction of this amount is provided to it.”
Vohra said the provincial revenue department was unfairly treating Karachi and there was nothing that the local government could do about it.
“But we should not lose hope. We will continue fighting for the rights of the citizens.”
Vohra said he was unsatisfied over the performance of KMC but had taken local government members belonging to all parties into confidence.
To a question, Vohra said he was in touch with Mayor Waseem Akhtar’s lawyers and would meet him in jail. The deputy mayor said if funds were available, the KMC would ensure garbage across the city was lifted and disposed of.
“A 100-day plan has been chalked out to clean the city but funds are needed for this purpose.”
Vohra asked the Sindh chief minister to unfreeze the KMC’s frozen bank accounts. He added that Diwali is approaching and the Hindu employees of the KMC needed their salaries and pension. The deputy mayor said the cleaning of major drains of the city was a major issue and funds were needed for this purpose.